Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Day of New Things.... Part 3

The last stop on our Day of new things was beautiful Toguchi Beach. Toguchi Beach is a small seaside park in the southwest corner of Yomitan Township on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The park area is bordered on the North side by Torii Station (a US Army Military Base). The ocean is the East China Sea.

The kids wanted to play at the park before we headed down to the beach. It was a nice park with beautiful views. The park had a natural rock climbing wall and cement slides. To get to the top of one of the slides you had to walk up a stone staircase (I thought I took more pictures). This is the sign posted up near the top of the slide. It's warning you of the Habu snake:

A habu (pronounced "hah-BOO") is a venomous snake found in southeast Asia (Japan, Phillipines, Taiwan, southeast China).

Habus are pit vipers, more closely related to the adder than to any species of North American snake. The actual "habu" (Trimeresurus flavoviridis) is relatively small, not usually getting longer than 5 feet. They are not typically aggressive but will bite if provoked. They are not as deadly as cobras or mambas, but are more much more dangerous than most North American venomous snakes. There are almost a dozen species of habu; the variety native to Okinawa (Trimeresurus okinavensis) is supposedly greenish or greenish-yellow

After the kids were done playing at the park we walked down to the beach. On the walk we kept hearing Lily say, "Stay on the path... Stay on the Path" Does that have anything to do with the signs?

This was one of the views on the way to the beach. We didn't get down there but we'll certainly go back.

Here we are at the beach. The tide was low so we were able to walk out to the cave. Walking out there was like a 6th grade field trip to Marineland in St Augustine. That wasn't sand we were walking on, it was all coral. We saw a ton of sea cucumbers, some black fuzzy star fish, sea urchins, crabs and some really pretty blue fish.

View through the cave

The kids searching for shells and looking at all the sea life

I think they are called Damselfish. It was a great day and we can't wait to go back. I wonder if they have a Karate Kid (the original) tour. I'd like to see some of those places:)

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous!! WOW, what a beautiful place Selina! The snakes are a bit "freeky", but you are protected and what a fantastic place to explore!! *HUGS*


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